Explore and harness the power of language
This ebook has been updated to provide you with the latest guidance on documenting sources in MLA style and follows the guidelines set forth in the MLA Handbook, 9th edition (April 2021).
In a first-year writing course, what is more important than understanding how language works?
The reading selections in Language Awareness help you understand how to apply language effectively in your own writing. As you read each selection in the book, critical thinking questions and Language in Action activities help you think more deeply, consider other aspects of each topic, and connect the readings to current news stories and language controversies. The book also includes helpful guidance on how to write with sources and how to cite sources using MLA and APA styles. This edition has been updated with a diverse mix of authors and a wide variety of selections about current language topics, from "fake news" and gender-neutral pronouns to the #MeToo movement.
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Table of Contents
Getting the Most out of Your Reading
Natalie Goldberg, Be Specific
Henry Louis Gates Jr., What’s in a Name?
Reading as a Writer 2. Writing in College and Beyond
Developing an Effective Writing Process
Rebekah Sandlin, The "Negro Revolt" in Me (student paper) 3. Writing with Sources
What Does It Mean to Write with Sources?
Write with Sources
Learn to Summarize, Paraphrase, and Quote from Your Sources
Jake Jamieson, The English-Only Movement: Can America Proscribe Language with a Clear Conscience? (student paper) 4. Understanding the Power of Language: How We Find Our Voices Malcolm X, Coming to an Awareness of Language Helen Keller, The Day Language Came into My Life *Sherman Alexie, Superman and Me
Mary Pipher, Writing to Change the World*Emily Parker, You Can Keep Quiet, You Can Emigrate, Or You Can Stay Here and Fight Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail 5. Language Essentials: Making Sense of Words in the World Susanne K. Langer, Language and Thought Steven Pinker, Words Don’t Mean What They Mean *Melissa Fay Greene, Word Power for Babies Ben Zimmer, Chunking *Raffaella Zanuttini, Our Language Prejudices Don’t Make No Sense Lera Boroditsky, Lost in Translation 6. Language Communities: Where Do We Belong? Paul Roberts, Speech Communities Richard Lederer, All-American Dialects *Lou Ann Walker, Losing the Language of Silence Bharati Mukherjee, Two Ways to Belong in America Amy Tan, Mother Tongue *Eric C. Miller, Talk the Talk 7. Writers on Writing: How and Why We Write Stephen King, Reading to Write *Annie Dillard, Write Till You Drop *Steven Pinker, Good Writing Anne Lamott, Shitty First Drafts William Zinsser, Simplicity Donald M. Murray, The Maker’s Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscripts *Bill Hayes, On Not Writing 8. Language that Manipulates: Politics, Propaganda, and Doublespeak Donna Woolfolk Cross, Propaganda: How Not to Be Bamboozled Newman P. Birk and Genevieve B. Birk, Selection, Slanting, and Charged Language *Maria Konnikova, The Lost Art of the Unsent Angry Letter William Lutz, The World of Doublespeak Jason Stanley, The Ways of Silencing *Elliot Ackerman, Assassination and the American Language 9. Language that Changed the World: Words that Made a Difference Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address *Malala Yousafzai, Address at the Youth Takeover of the United Nations *Toni Morrison, When Language Dies *Elie Wiesel, The Perils of Indifference Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal 10. The Language of Discrimination: Hate, Prejudice, and Stereotypes Andrew Sullivan, What’s So Bad about Hate? Gordon Allport, The Language of Prejudice Firoozeh Dumas, The "F Word" *Wendy Kaminer, Why We Need to Tolerate Hate *Greg Lukianoff, Twitter, Hate Speech, and the Costs of Keeping Quiet *Akiba Solomon, Thugs. Students. Rioters. Fans: Media’s Subtle Racism in Unrest Coverage *Maisha Z. Johnson, What’s Really Going on with the Word "Thug" – And Why I’m Not Ready to Let It Go 11. The Language of Conflict: Argument, Apology, and Dignity *Edwin Battistella, Sorry, Regrets, and More *Donna Hicks, Safety *Michael Gardner, The Dork Police: Further Adventures of Flex Cop *Rick Reilly, Regretlessly Yours: The No-Fault Apology * Emily Badger, Tarring Opponents as Extremists Really Can Work *Amy Westervelt, Letting Go 12. Language and Gender: Power, Abuse, and Equality *Roxane Gay, The Careless Language of Sexual Violence *Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Happy Feminist
Sherryl Kleinman, Matthew B. Ezzell, and A. Corey Frost, The Social Harms of "Bitch"*Joanna Schroeder, 11 Words You Need to Teach Your Son Before He Turns 6 Michael Kimmel, Bros Before Hos *Ben Crair, The Internet Talks Like a Woman 13. Current Language Controversies How Does Technology Impact Communication in Relationships? *Sherry Turkle, The Tethered Self: Technology Reinvents Intimacy and Solitude David Carr, Keep Your Thumbs Still When I’m Talking to You Alison Stein Wellner, Lost in Translation How Does Language Work in Advertising? Bill Bryson, The Hard Sell: Advertising in America William Lutz, Weasel Words: The Art of Saying Nothing at All *Kiera Butler, The Creepy Language Tricks Taco Bell Uses to Fool People Into Eating There *Deena Shanker, Is the "Natural" Label 100 Percent Misleading? Why Do We Lie? *Judith Viorst, The Truth about Lying *Po Bronson, Learning to Lie *Richard Gunderman, Is Lying Bad for Us? *Chana Joffe-Walt and Alix Spiegel, Psychology of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things 14. A Brief Guide to Writing a Research Paper